Offline Support for Google Translate Comes to India
Google’s translation service, Google Translate has been quite popular. Whether you want to translate a web page or you want to decipher a message someone has sent you in a language you do not speak, Google Translate has been the go-to service for things like this. Following today’s update, users in India can now use Google’s translation app in an offline mode too.
Offline translations have been introduced for the speakers of Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu languages. This also includes instant visual translations. You can also type translation queries in eight languages (including the seven above + Malayalam). Conversation mode can now be used in two new languages – Bengali and Tamil.
To enable offline translations, all you need to do is to download language packs while you’re on Wi-Fi.
How to download Language Packs on Google Translate:
- Open the Google Translate app
- Select any of the seven languages mentioned above on either side of the screen
- Tap on the download button
After the download is complete you will be able to translate between the language and English with ease. Download more language packs to translate between languages – i.e. you can use Google Translate to translate Bengali into Gujarati if you have both the language packs downloaded.
So far all of these features were available only in Hindi. However, following today’s update, Google Translate has introduced support for all these Indian languages. Offline support is one of the most appreciated services, especially in a country like India where internet connectivity isn’t strong in many places. Google Translate works even without internet – helping you break the barriers of communication.
Support for WordLens
Another interesting feature of the Google Translate app is that of the WordLens which can translate text on hoardings, banners and road-signs, basically, any written piece of information. Following the latest Google Translate update, WordLens can now directly translate from the camera of the app without even having to click and save the picture. This is powered by Machine Learning technologies and it translates from English to Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu, in addition to Hindi.
Bilingual Conversations and Voice Translate
In addition to these two updates, the Google Translate app also brings in improvements to bilingual translations. This feature allows you to carry on a conversation in real-time as it translates everything a person is saying to you. Starting today, Google Translate supports Bengali and Tamil when it comes to bilingual translations. Google describes this feature like ‘having an interpreter in your pocket’.
Finally, Those who Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Tamil can now speak to the app and get their sentences translated directly. This feature only supported Hindi till now but Google has expanded the support for more languages. This is a really cool update from Google and would help improve the state of communication in India. All these updates are live on the Android as well as the iOS apps.
Source: Google India Blog